|By SisDetroit (18.104.22.168) on Tuesday, August 05, 2003 - 04:23 am:|
I went to visit my father's grave today, and I saw this marker across the lane. This marker has not been there long. I've never seen it before. You could not have missed seeing this marker because it is different and stands out over all the other markers. So, I went over to see who. I took photos because I knew he was somebody well known in the blues field. Tonight, I looked him up. And here lays Eddie James Son House, Jr.
|By Jim G (22.214.171.124) on Tuesday, August 05, 2003 - 06:54 am:|
Sis, I believe that Sue's bro Bob, through the good offices of "Big City Blues", had a hand in getting a tombstone for Son House.
Robert Jones used to visit Son regularly at the nursing home.
|By Sue (126.96.36.199) on Tuesday, August 05, 2003 - 09:32 am:|
Yes, my brother's magazine Big City Blues, and the Detroit Blues Society, raised money to buy a marker for Son House's grave. I believe there was a small marker there originally, but it only had his name and made no mention of his musical accomplishments ...they wanted a bigger one so people would really know who he was.
The White Stripes do a version of Son House's "Death Letter" ...
|By Fury13 (188.8.131.52) on Tuesday, August 05, 2003 - 02:20 pm:|
Son House was one of the most well known exponents of Delta blues and was one of the main influences on the legendary Robert Johnson. I need to get over there to see his grave.
|By Funkyone D J Dollar BILL (184.108.40.206) on Tuesday, August 05, 2003 - 02:29 pm:|
Big City Blues=Small World!Sweets for the sweet with Heart & Soul.I got my hand on a issue at the 2001 R&B Pioneer Foundation Awards in Harlem.Great magazine and had a great time that night.Say hello for me Sue.
|By Linda Di. (220.127.116.11) on Tuesday, August 05, 2003 - 06:31 pm:|
I remember in the early 60s reading about Son House being found living here in Rochester, NY. I didn't know nuttin' about the blues, but it was pretty cool that he lived here for a while. Apparently he followed a girlfriend here and worked for the railroad. Think I'll do a search and pick up some of his music.
|By Sue (18.104.22.168) on Tuesday, August 05, 2003 - 06:33 pm:|
Will do, DJ ...my brother's left for Sam Phillips' funeral but he'll be back soon. I don't know where you are, but you can pick up Big City Blues in most Borders, and at a lot of indie music stores as well.